Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street, Unionville, ON, L3R 2H1
Located in a donated house, and supported by a philanthropic foundation, the Varley Gallery gives back to the community that has made it possible.
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Profile Last Updated: December 22, 2008
Housed in the historic Kathleen McKay house that dates back to the 1840s, the Varley Art Gallery is located in Markham's historical district. After being donated to the Town of Markham, the house was renovated into a 15,000 square foot gallery by volunteers from the community. While the gallery serves the aesthetic needs of the Markham population, its combination with the village make for the second most popular tourist attraction in the York Region. Indeed, the gallery is focal point of this heritage district.
A Community Aesthetic
Drawing from its permanent collection as well as historical and contemporary exhibitions from local, national, and international sources, the Varley Art Gallery features changing exhibitions. Hand-on activities at the gallery, such as group tours, school programs, lectures, and studio courses and workshops are not only intended to appeal to people of all ages and interests, but also to enhance new and different ways of seeing and appreciating art. The gallery is supported by the Varley-McKay Foundation. Through its various efforts, the Foundation assists the Gallery in acquisitions, conserving collections, providing educational programs, conducting exhibition research, and maintaining an energetic volunteer program.